Interview: Billy Bragg – The Bard of Barking


Billy Bragg tells G&B about keeping it simple with his live rig, his Burns Steer, the infamous Portastack, dissent in England and being the Bard of Barking. Story & photography: Sam Atkins “I always end my set with, ‘My name is Billy Bragg, I’m from Barking, Essex’, even though I don’t live there anymore, I’m quite proud of being More...

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By On Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Interview: Dan Auerbach – The Arcs

When Black Keys mainman Dan Auerbach created his new musical project, he wound up playing “a lot of bass”, blending Mariachi with psychedelia and producing an unofficial East LA hit he has dubbed “kind of More...

By On Friday, November 13th, 2015

Ones To Watch: Lanterns On The Lake

North-East post-rockers with DIY ethic A chance drunken encounter in a Newcastle pub ultimately led to the formation of Lanterns On The Lake in the mid-noughties. The fledgling band, then known as Greenspace, More...

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By On Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Alexi Laiho – Soundtrack Of My Life

The Children Of Bodom guitarist talks us through the nine records closest to his heart… Finnish vocalist, composer and guitarist Alexi Laiho is the main man in melodic death-metal band Children Of Bodom, More...

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By On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Interview: Jon Gomm – The Acoustic Asylum

Jon Gomm is one of the UK’s most talented acoustic guitar players, a fingerstyle virtuoso with devout independent ethics. Gary Walker spoke to the Blackpool-born player about his new album Live In The Acoustic More...

By On Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Interview: Vintage Trouble – 1 Hopeful Rd

AC/DC, The Who, Lenny Kravitz, Bon Jovi – all these greats have had the pleasure of Vintage Trouble opening for them. Now, after four hardworking years, ‘everybody’s favourite support band’ have finally More...

By On Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Interview: Bernard Butler – The Sound Of McAlmont & Butler

We had a chat with Bernard Butler about the release of this remastered classic… What motivated you to go back and remaster the album and give it the deluxe treatment? “A few years ago, I was alerted, More...

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By On Friday, September 25th, 2015

Interview: Gabrielle Aplin talks Light Up The Dark and “old guitars with stories”

If you’ve switched on your radio lately, you’ve heard Gabrielle Aplin. The English singer-songwriter with the world at her feet tells all about her collaborative new album and the “old guitars with stories” More...

By On Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Hotei – Soundtrack of my Life

Hotei has sold 40 million albums in Japan. Here, he selects the most influential records in his collection. Japanese songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Hotei, formerly of Japanese rock act Boøwy, became known all More...

By On Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Interview: Jared James Nichols Q&A

With his leonine locks, Jared James Nichols could be a mane attraction as he tours with Glenn Hughes this autumn. G&B chats to him about Les Pauls, Lynyrd Skynyrd and his new album. Blues-rock is a difficult More...